Everton forward Richarlison insists the Club’s players are refusing to place a ceiling on their ambition under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti.
The Brazilian spoke exclusively to Everton’s matchday programme for Sunday’s visit of Bournemouth.
In a wide-ranging interview he talked at length on a number of on-and-off-field issues – including the Club’s limitless potential with Ancelotti at the helm.
Richarlison will enter Everton’s final-day game against Bournemouth neck-and-neck with Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the top of the Blues’ scoring charts after his strike downed Sheffield United on Monday.
The 23-year-old's effort at Bramall Lane drew him level with his 2018/19 Premier League goals tally of 13 and moved him one beyond the 14 he netted in all competitions last season.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, is vowing to immediately fix his gaze towards masterminding a significant improvement in Everton's fortunes next season following his side's Goodison Park clash with Bournemouth this weekend.
The 61-year-old is a domestic title-winning boss in four of Europe’s major leagues and, in the opinion of Richarlison, Ancelotti’s appointment at Goodison doubled up as a message of intent from the Club.
“When a club bets on a coach like him, it thinks about reaching a prominent position,” said Richarlison.
“The players need to think like that, too.
“Anything is possible.
“A club that thinks big, as is the case with Everton, which has so many fans around the world and such a beautiful history in football, can reach higher positions.
“We can grow quickly, aim to reach European competitions and, in some time, fight for the top.
“I want to make history with Everton's shirt. It is a source of great pride and honour to be able to wear this shirt.
“I want to be important here, score goals, cheer the fans and show that our team can reach even higher.”
Richarlison’s three goals since the Premier League’s resumption last month have directly contributed to Everton claiming five points.
The player’s crisp first-time left-footed strike in the 2-1 win over Leicester City was followed by a cushioned touch and lofted finish with his right foot to earn a draw against Southampton.
Ancelotti noted Richarlison’s ability to turn “cold” in the penalty area following his Southampton effort and reiterated the point after the striker skilfully headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick to defeat Sheffield United.
Additionally, the Everton boss has challenged Richarlison to convert his composure in front of the target to a minimum of 20 goals per season.
“I hope next season I can go past that [20-goal] mark and get closer to what Carlo expects from me,” continued Richarlison.
“I am extremely competitive. When someone challenges me, I try to do even more than what is asked.
“You can bet I will do everything possible to reach that mark and show him I am capable, but, of course, always thinking first about the team.
“I think almost all strikers have a little bit of that [assurance in the box] but there is always room for improvement.
“Attackers need to surprise, do different things.
“If not, you become an easy target for defenders and goalkeepers.
“You have to think before everyone else and make quick decisions. And that always comes from what we do in training and even just playing with the ball.”
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